Classic Italian Lasagna- I am still trying to figure out how in the world this recipe made it into a cookbook that is called EVERYDAY Italian. The only way that this dish could be made "everyday" is if you purchased store bought marinara and béchamel instead of using the two homemade sauce recipes that I recently shared. Using store bought might be the option for you, but I cannot speak for the end result. Even then, there is still the par cooking of the noodles, grating of the cheese, thawing out the spinach (don't forget to use my easy method HERE), the cooking of the meats and then mixing a few things together before layering it all together. Are you still with me?? I hope so because this is one superior lasagna recipe!!
What really sets this recipe apart from other lasagna recipes is a mixture of the marinara and béchamel sauce. It is rich, creamy and full of flavor. The other stand out component is the meat layer. I don't use ground beef. Instead, I use a mixture of Italian sausage and pancetta. After all, this is an Italian dish. As far as the cheeses, use whole-milk ricotta and mozzarella and not part-skim. This is not something you will eat everyday, so splurge and get the good stuff.